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THOMPSON, CT - APRIL 7:  Cars line up on the grid  before the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Icebreaker 150 on April 7, 2019 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Doug Coby (2) leads Justin Bonsignore (51) by 19 points entering the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finale. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: Coby, Bonsignore To Battle For Championship at Thompson

Title time.

After eight months of battling up and down the east coast, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be crowned on Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut. Thompson’s high-banks will end the season for the 13th consecutive year.

CHAMPIONSHIP CLINCH SCENARIOS


SUNOCO WORLD SERIES 150 AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Each of the two championship contenders are no strangers to success, either at Thompson, or in the championship battle.

Doug Coby, who has five Whelen Modified Tour championships, is a six-time Thompson winner, including the Bud 150 in August. Justin Bonsignore, the defending Whelen Modified Tour champion, is an 11-time Thompson winner, including six of the last seven, and two this year.

RACING-REFERENCE: Coby at Thompson | Bonsignore at Thompson

World Series LogoBoth of them are set to clash in Sunday’s 57th annual Sunoco World Series season finale. As part of a weekend that includes 20 different divisions from across New England, including the five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track classes, the Whelen Modified Tour takes the spotlight as the final race of the weekend.

If Coby earns the title, it will be his sixth in eight years, which would push him past Tony Hirschman, and into second all-time for Whelen Modified Tour titles in the modern era. The only driver ahead of both modified greats is the late Mike Stefanik, who had seven titles. Coby’s season includes four victories in 15 races, with 10 top five finishes, and eight Mayhew Tools Dominator pole awards.

RACING-REFERENCE: Coby in 2019 | Bonsignore in 2019

Bonsignore, who walked away with the title last year, enters the finale looking to gain on some lost ground. His two DNF’s early in the season, combined with a finish outside the top 10 in the season-opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway, have him coming from behind. However, the Holtsville, New York, driver leads the series with five wins this season and also has nine top-five runs.

Outside of the title battle, the race for third in the championship standings is tight, with Ron Silk leading Craig Lutz by just four. Lutz is coming off his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory in the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway, while Silk has three wins driving for Kevin Stuart Motorsports.

At the bottom of the top five, Matt Swanson leads a group of five drivers separated by just 10 points in the battle for fifth.

RACING-REFERENCE: Whelen Modified Tour Championship Standings


RACE FACTS

RACE Sunoco World Series 150
PLACE Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut
DATE Sunday, October 13
TIME 3:30 p.m. ET (approx.)
TELEVISION NBCSN, Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m. — FansChoice.TV (Live Broadcast) — 3:30 p.m. (approx.)
TRACK LAYOUT .625-mile banked oval
2018 WINNER Justin Bonsignore
2018 POLE Ronnie Williams
EVENT SCHEDULE RACEDAY SCHEDULE: Saturday: Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Practice: 11:15-12 p.m., Final Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m., Group Qualifying: 4 p.m.

Sunday: Garage Opens: 10 a.m., Autograph Session: 2:15-2:45 p.m., Sunoco World Series 150: 3:30 p.m. (approx.)

TWITTER @ThompsonSpdwy, @NASCARHomeTrack
HASHTAG #SunocoWorldSeries, #NWMT

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: 

The starting field for the Sunoco World Series 150 is 36 starters, including provisional positions. The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions through the qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap from the official practice session(s). The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 30th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete, the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.


MEDIA CENTER:

Thompson Speedway: Keith Rocco Looks To Seal Eighth Sunoco Modified Title at Sunoco World Series | Three Drivers Aiming For Late Model Title at Sunoco World Series

RaceDayCT.com: Three Drivers Separated By Three Points in Thompson Mini Stock Title Battle | Picture This: Fran Lawlor’s NAPA Fall Final 150 Gallery From Stafford Speedway

Short Track Scene: Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore To Decide NWMT Title at Thompson | NASCAR Modified Tour Championship Comes Down To World Series 150 at Thompson

Speed51.com: Emerling Overcomes Unusual Problem For RoC Modified Title | ARCA, NASCAR Release Info on New Format

NASCAR.com: Rapid Rewind: Craig Lutz Finally Holds The Checkered Flag | Craig Lutz Breaks Into Victory Lane in NAPA Fall Final at Stafford

Norwich Bulletin: Norwich Auto Racing Great Bob Potter Dies | Column: Remembering Mike Stefanik